Schedule and Speaker Bios - Cornerstone Autism Center



Schedule and Speaker Bios - Cornerstone Autism Center
Event Schedule
Saturday April 9, 2016
8:30 a.m.
9:00 a.m. Dr. Mary Lou Hulseman ”Medical Problems in Autism: What You Can Do For Your Child”
10:10 a.m. Staci Small MA, RD ”Decoding Your Picky Eater”
11:05 a.m. Parent Panel “Hope and Recovery”
Michelle Bandy, Sheila Edwards, Jessica Gamache, Ashley Gomez and Mary Pellegrini
12:00 p.m. Lunch On Your Own
1:15 p.m. Dr. Charles Beck “Autism and Osteopathy: Tensegrity, Fractal Physiology, Sequencing, and the Key Lesion”
2:10 p.m. Dr. Phillip DeMio “PANDAS & PANS: Treating the Underlying Causes of the Symptoms”
3:10 p.m. Maria Janik “How to Develop a Custom Nutrient Program Using Nutrigenomics”
4:10 p.m. Presenter Meet and Greet
Practitioners will be in the Training Room and the Parent Panel will be in the Green Motor Room.
380 Polk Street | Greenwood 46143
Presenter Bios
Charlie Beck, D.O., F.A.A.O.
Charlie Beck graduated from the Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine in 2004. He
was one of Pikeville’s first undergraduate fellows, staying an extra year in medical school to study
osteopathic manipulation more in depth. He is the first resident in osteopathic manipulation (called
Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine) in the history of his hospital and his state (Westview Hospital in
Indianapolis, Indiana). Charlie has taken numerous classes across the US and Canada and is skilled
in multiple techniques and modalities. He has taught courses and given presentations here in the
U.S. - for the AAO, the OCA, the IAO, and numerous medical schools. He has also taught in Canada, Eastern and Western Europe as well as in New Zealand, where he works yearly as a locum
osteopath. He is the president of the Indiana Academy of Osteopathy and the chairman of the
Osteopathic Cranial Academy’s publications committee. He is a published author and researcher.
As his learning deepens by working with others he is always searching for the commonalities between different practitioners and healing styles. He continues to strive to integrate this learning into
principles that are easily taught to others.
Dr. Phillip DeMio, MD
Dr. DeMio is the father of a child with autism, and has been an M.D. for over twenty years. He
graduated from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine with honors in metabolism,
women and children’s health, and neurosciences. Prior to medical school he taught and worked in
the organic chemistry laboratory at Creighton University in Omaha Nebraska. He is an experienced
biomedical physician, an author of medical topics including alternative and conventional medicine,
and is accredited for speaking nationally on medical topics including brain toxicology, nutrition, and
use of supplements in health and disease for children and adults. Dr. DeMio’s philosophy is that
our children and loved ones are first and foremost in all of our treatments. He is the founder of the
American Medical Autism Board (AMAB), which is the first organization to board certify physicians
for autism treatments. Dr. DeMio’s practice focuses on the medical testing and treatment for those
with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Maria Janik
Maria Janik is the mother of two boys diagnosed with Autism in 2006. She Co-Founded Indiana
Biomedical Kids (IBK) online support group for families in Indiana and surrounding states seeking
alternative and traditional therapies to help improve the quality of life for their children. That same
year Maria Co-Founded as a Board Member the National Autism Association of Indiana and serves
as the Chapter President. Her organizations not only bring awareness, they bring hope and treatment options to parents including the latest in scientific research. She shares information so families
may learn and work with their medical clinician to develop a custom program for their child including using appropriate dietary intervention and supplements for proper biomedical intervention for
the individual.
Presenter Bios
Dr. Mary Lou Hulseman, MD
Dr. Hulseman attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
in Cleveland, Ohio. She completed her family practice residency training at the Swedish Hospital
Family Practice Residency in Seattle, WA. She is fully licensed and board certified in family practice.
After residency, she worked for six years in Seattle as part of a large multi-specialty group. She then
moved to Indianapolis with her husband, Robert, and children Hannah and Ryan, so she could be
closer to family. She provided full family practice care, including obstetrics, for many years. As of
January 1, 2016, Dr. Hulseman only treats patients with autism and related disorders, by addressing
underlying medical problems that are interfering with normal development, or causing psychiatric
distress. Her practice emphasizes nutrition, avoiding environmental toxins and improving overall
health, and is based on the science and training from the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special
Needs (MAPS, formerly DAN!). Since 2002, she has helped well over 750 families using this approach. She is accepting new patients whose families are interested in this holistic care for autism.
Staci Small MA, RD
Staci Small MA, RD is a Registered Dietitian providing medical nutrition therapy to clients of all
ages and conditions. As owner of The Wellness Philosophy Inc., her practice specializes in biomedical nutrition care for autism, ADHD and other special needs, identifying and treating food allergies
and sensitivities, IBS and digestive health issues, implementing specialized diets, and identifying
and correcting nutrient deficiencies. Staci’s desire to help children on the spectrum has grown
substantially over the years as she has seen a drastic increase in the number of families seeking
support. Many of the principles she uses in practice have helped in her own children’s journey
through many food sensitivities, allergies, specialized diets and digestive issues. Staci is a member
of the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs (MAPS). She is trained in the Defeat Autism
Now! (DAN!) nutrition protocol previously sponsored by the Autism Research Institute (ARI)Staci
completed both a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Ball State
University in Muncie, Indiana. She is approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as well as
the Commission on Dietetic Regitration to practice clinical nutrition.
Parent Bios
Michelle Bandy
Michelle Bandy is mother to Kinsey age 12, diagnosed with a multitude of issues at an early age.
Michelle believes in using a multifaceted approach to healing including cleaning up the diet and
environment along with testing to tailor the program to the unique needs of the child. She currently
lives in Indianapolis.
Sheila Edwards, CHC
Sheila is the parent liaison at Cornerstone Autism Center and has her own blog at She started HOPE For Our Children, a beginner Facebook group for parents
pursuing biomed. She recently became a Certified Health Coach through the Dr. Sears Wellness
Institute in order to gain resources for families. Her two children are an inspirational example of
how biomedical treatments can help children to heal and grow.
Jessica Gamache
A mom of three, Jessica Gamache is a champion of natural living and biomedical interventions,
successfully treating autism and autoimmune disorders within her household. She uses her past
experiences as a writer, journalist, blogger and spokeswoman to power her crusade against autism and the state of American health at large.
Parent Bios
Ashley Gomez
Ashley is the mother of 2 boys. Her oldest, age 8, is on the autism spectrum. She is dedicated to
using natural healing interventions for her family. Over the years of using a layered biomedical
approach and advanced treatments, her son with autism has made great progress. Her youngest,
age 6, is neurotypical but was born prematurely and at a year old was diagnosed with asthma.
Using biomedical interventions, his immune system has improved and he has been free of asthma
symptoms for over a year. Ashley currently resides in Indianapolis.
Mary Pelligrini
Mary is a Team Leader for the NWI NAA chapter. She is also on the Parent Advisory Council for
Special Education for the city of Crown Point school system. Mom to John age 11, who was diagnosed with autism at age 4. Starting with the GFCF diet, she soon saw improvements with eye
contact and GI issues. Mary has worked with her son’s genetic mutations such as COMT in order to
further her sons progress. Her son has severe viral issues and she is customizing his viral protocol in
order to overcome regression and developmental blocks. Since her son is metal toxic and metals
and viruses hold on to each other, a portion of her program includes chelation.
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